Letter from Calvin J. Parker to Caroline Parker
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Farfax [sic] Station Va Dec 22th 1862 My dear Dear Mother I received your kind and welcome letter night before last but it was so cold that I could not write yesterday. you will See by this letter that we have march ed from Louden [sic] Valley. We left thare [sic] the 11_th_ and marched Seven days the weather was very cold but Pleasant So we had a nise [sic] time the first day we marched to Wheatland and camped that night we Started the morning and marched to Leesburg thare [sic] was no chearing [sic] us thare [sic] they looked as if they would like to eat us up but they could not do that little thing the boys stole evry [sic] thing they could Find Gen. Cane says if he could get 123 within [page break] three miles of Richmond they would steal it less than three days he says he aint afraid to put us evy [sic] whare [sic] he says we dont [sic] know what fear is. the next day we we marched to Gum springs a little place with a Church and a bout [sic] a dozen houses I think it was well named for it was gum in earnest the mud was about three Feet deep we marched out of the villag [sic] about a mile and camped that night. the next day we marched for Farfax [sic] Station about a mile from whare [sic] we are now. then we marched all the next day in the woods and camped in the woods that night we started the next Morning about three oclock and marched to Dunphrey[sic] Twenty miles from Fredrickburg [sic] [ page break] we would hear the canon a deing [sic] thare [P?]lain it was terrific we expected to have a hand in the muss that night. we had orders to report to back to Farfax [sic] Station double quick and we did you better believe but it a bout [sic] half of the boys sick we onely [sic] report 24 men Fit for duty the rest are sick and I never was in better health in my life than now I have not ben[sic] sick a minute since we have been out and I home I shant [sic] be thare [sic] is a report that all the boys that were left Sick have ben [sic] taken Prisoners if it is true John A Mains is among them and I guess it is one of the boys in our company by the name of Dick West Cut his own throat the other day [page break] he had his will in a little ~~his own throat~~ memarandon in his pocket he was not crazy but I dont [sic] know what made him do it, I thank you very much for thoes [sic] stockings you sent me by mail I neaded [sic] them very much mother I gave that dollar to the Captin [sic] to keep for me till I can get a chance to have one taken he says if we stay here he will get me a pass to go to Farfax [sic] Court house and have some taken want that be nise [sic] Mother we are a going to get our Pay next month then I will fill your Pocket book up again I wish you mery [sic] Christmas and a hapy [sic] new year I must close good by write soon C.J. Parker
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